We’d been playing this at our own club shows, the single had been rereleased and was bounding up the charts. It was the first time we had a cultural presence in the UK and a huge crowd came to watch us at T in the park the summer of 2006. Usually these moments are reminisced fondly but all I remember is the pint of warm piss that hit my headstock during this song and drizzled my arm. I have never come around to this kind of admiration, thankfully we only had one real summer of beer and other liquids in the air, I don’t think I would have managed it otherwise.
I’ve always thought we were an alternative band so when you get nominated for the Brits, or do Top of the Pops, or do X Factor in Italy, which we did on our fourth album, I’ve never felt wholly comfortable with that but of course for the most part, it’s nice. Bullets had got some radio play, but Munich was amazingly successful. When our first album, The Back Room, came out, there were a lot of bands getting more press than us – like Arctic Monkeys and Bloc Party – but that record eventually peaked at Number Two and when we re-released Munich, suddenly we were a household name. We got compared to Coldplay a bit back then but I always felt that they’re good at being a mainstream entity. That’s what Chris Martin wants to do, and he’s great at it and although there are certain colours or textures we share, that’s not the band we are, or want to be. And if we do something more accessible and melodic, it’s going to be about freaks rather than dancefloors.
Welcome to the Black Gold Archives. Explore the timeline as it chronicles sixteen tracks that make up the Black Gold greatest hits record and discover stories from each song. Videos, photos and memories written by the band and people who lived through every era of Editors. And, most importantly, add your own memory to the archives and let the whole world share in it. Every memory that is shared will be added to the archive. A photo of a tiny, sweaty gig in the early 2000s… A grainy video taken from your old camera phone thrust in the air while you lived out your favourite festival moment… Or maybe words. A story, a moment, a memory.
Explore the Black Gold Archive at your leisure and share in the moments that crafted Editors. And don’t forget to leave something to show the world that you were part of the journey too.